The Bruce Wallin Memorial Internship AwardJuly 10, 2012
This past December, we lost a great colleague and friend when Professor Bruce Wallin passed away after a battle with cancer. Bruce was an outstanding teacher who twice won the university’s Excellence in Teaching Award. His book on federal revenue sharing won an award from the American Political Science Association. He was a Fulbright Scholar in the Czech Republic and helped to establish a partnership with Meiji University in Japan. At his memorial service at the Curry Student Center Ballroom at Northeastern, over 175 colleagues, friends, students, alumni and family attended, celebrating his life and his many accomplishments.
In Bruce’s memory, many students, former students, friends, and family made donations to the Bruce Wallin Memorial Internship fund. Bruce always expressed strong support for students engaging in public service and wished more funding was available to support such activities. Each year, many Master of Public Administration (MPA) students pursue internships in public and nonprofit organizations, benefitting those organizations and their own career development. Students often undertake internships on a voluntary basis, without compensation. To help support these students and honor Bruce, the department created a program specifically designed to help MPA students pursue internships. After a call for applications, a committee of faculty reviewed the applications and selected three students as recipients of this award for summer 2012.
Vanessa Bouvry is working this summer with the Dominican Republic Education and Mentoring (DREAM) project. While there her plan is to volunteer with special projects, as well as to assess and analyze their summer camp and other community development activities. Charlotte Flemmings is also pursuing an internship abroad, with Duke University’s Global Policy and Governance program in Geneva, Switzerland. Peter Wilner is pursuing an internship much closer to home in the Town of Watertown, Massachusetts. As part of his internship Peter will be helping to conduct research and draft a no-smoking ordinance.
It is the hope of the Department and MPA program to continue this new grant award in future years through the support of alumni and friends of our graduate and undergraduate programs. Anyone interested in contributing to this award or in benefiting our undergraduate and graduate students in other ways should contact our development office at 617.373.8148.